PESHAWAR: Sacked employees of the FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) have blamed the director general for terminating their services without any reason, and demanded of the government to take notice and reinstate their services.
Speaking at a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club on Thursday, a group of terminated employees led by project manager Mian Shakirullah said that they were sacked on pretext of a corruption, but they did not have any link with an old controversy.
He said that the governor’s inspection team had initiated probe into reports of a two-day ‘fake training’ held in Naran in Kaghan from Sept 23, 2017, under arrangement of SDC, a sub-project of FDMA, wherein 15 employees had been directed to refund one million rupees of the training.
He said that those involved in the ‘fake training’ were still sitting on their posts but another group of 22 employees working in Orakzai tribal district was terminated in the case. “The ‘fake’ training scam took place in 2017 and our project staff was hired in January 2018, but even then they were sacked without any reason,” he said.
Of the 22 employees, he said that one staff member, who was appointed hardly three days before her termination, was still in shock as to why her name was issued to media for being involved in corruption. “We all are well educated with sufficient experiences in our relevant fields but termination of their jobs on the basis of corruption has badly damaged our reputation. We reserve our right to sue the director general in a court of law,” he warned.
Flanked by other colleagues, Hazrat-ul-Mulk, Arif Khan, Taj Muhammad, Idress Jehan and Maqsood Hadi, Shakir said that all the sacked employees were associated with the SDC project in Orakzai tribal district and they were honestly doing their duties for materialisation of the assignments.
He said that former chief secretary Azam Khan who is now principal secretary of the prime minister had issued a circular on Aug 28, 2018, and advised the government departments not to terminate the services of any employee, serving in subordinate staff/junior cadre on regular/contract/adhoc basis on any grounds including disciplinary action till further order.
However, he said that the director general terminated them in violation of the circular on Aug 31, 2018. He said that the employees were working under a Swiss-funded project – SDC – and the donor agency had also taken notice of the employees’ termination which on Sept 5, 2018, announced to freeze its account.
The sacked employees said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had come to power on its slogan to provide justice to the masses and now it was their duty to take stern action against all those violating the rules for their personal interests. They warned if they were not reinstated forthwith then they will be compelled to start a protest campaign against the DG, and also to challenge the termination order in the court of law.